Moscow : Russia on Friday sent another cargo plane containing 25 tons of humanitarian aid for the people of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The Il-76 cargo plane departed from southwestern Russian city of Kazan, and will land in Egypt, where humanitarian assistance will be transferred to the Egyptian Red Crescent Society, which will then deliver it to the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement.
The shipment was prepared at the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and includes food, clothing, personal care products, blankets, and portable ovens, the ministry noted.
Last week, the Ministry of Emergency Situations sent two special flights carrying 60 tons of humanitarian assistance, including food and personal care items, to the people in Gaza.
A ship carrying life-saving humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip from Türkiye left from the Aegean province of Izmir early Friday.
Medical supplies and ambulances were loaded onto the cargo ship, which anchored at Izmir’s Alsancak Port late on Thursday.
After the loading was completed, the ship left port to head to Al Arish, Egypt, close to Egypt’s Rafah border crossing into the embattled enclave.
Nearly 500 tons of aid equipment, including medicine, medical devices, eight field hospitals, 20 ambulances, and medical consumables, will be delivered to the Gaza through Egypt, as previously announced by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.
Already hit by a 16-year Israeli blockade, since the start of the current conflict over a month ago, Gaza has been cut off from water, electricity, and fuel supplies, with many hospitals having to shut down as a result.
This situation makes aid deliveries from countries like Türkiye a critical lifeline to the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless attack by Israel since Oct. 7, in the wake of an attack by Hamas on Israel. — AA